Here’s the latest scuttlebutt on the Seattle Seahawks as we head into the second day of free agency, with the pace picking up considerably today.
As we’ve already reported, Matt Hasselbeck is headed to Tennessee.
With the Seahawks’ quarterback situation resolved, they now turn their attention to bringing back Brandon Mebane, which my story discusses here. Mebane was at the VMAC on Tuesday. Expect talks to heat up today. Seattle also appears to be in a two-horse race for Minnesota free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice’s services with the Vikings, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. The Seahawks have more cap room than Minnesota, so they appear to be in good position on that front.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, Cincinnati is in the running for offensive guard Robert Gallery’s services along with Seattle.
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Adam Caplan of Fox Sports notes that the Seahawks have been sniffing around at right tackles, even though first round pick James Carpenter has been slated to start at right tackle for Seattle. Caplan lists Seattle as one of the possible suitors for Pittsburgh free agent right tackle Willie Colon.
Here’s my story on Hasselbeck moving on, including comments from former Seahawks’ center Rob Tobeck, who believes his former teammate should be in the conversation as one of the top players in Seahawks’ history.
John McGrath of The News Tribune believes Seattle should give Charlie Whitehurst a chance to earn the starting QB.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com describes new Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as a placeholder at quarterback for the Seahawks, similar to how Jack Wilson served to hold down the spot at second base for Dustin Ackley once he was ready for the majors.
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times says it was time for Hasselbeck to move on.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s thinking in bringing in Tarvaris Jackson.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald has reaction from Seattle players on Matt Hasseleck moving on. Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that former Seahawks, defensive lineman Richard Harris, has died of a heart attack at the age of 63. Harris started 24 games for the Seahawks during the early days of the franchise from 1976 to 1977.
More Farnsworth: He talks to Seattle players on their first day back to work at the VMAC.